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Live Your Passion

  • Live Your Passion | Lampstand 33 - Marcus Mumphrey

    Lampstand33 is the name of Carroll County native Marcus Mumphrey’s outreach program. It is a multicultural, community and peer-based group that strives to enrich, support and sustain the body, mind and spirit of local youth.

    “Lampstand” appears in the Bible multiple times, and in the first 11 verses of the Book of Revelations lampstand is referred to seven times.

    Lampstand has become Mumphrey’s passion to give back to his community, which is ironic as he once said that he was leaving Carrollton and not coming back.

  • Live Your Passion - Kentucky Basketball Alum | Lukasz Obrzut

    Lukasz Obrzut stands out from a crowd, but it is not just because of his 7-foot-1-inch frame. He is a member of an elite club, one that makes you a celebrity for life in the Commonwealth: University of Kentucky men’s basketball alumnus.

    Obrzut played for the Wildcats from 2003-2007. He played two years of professional basketball in the NBA D-League and the Polish Basketball League before retiring and returning to the United States. Today, he works as a contractor at Dow in Carroll County and resides outside Louisville with his family.

  • Live Your Passion | Jelly and Jam Maker - Jeannine Perkins

    Once a childhood hobby with her parents and grandmother, Jeannine Perkins now sells jelly, jam and her own specialty, “jamelly,” at the RiverView Farmers Market in Carrollton.

    It was her nephew who was in town visiting from Colorado who first encouraged her to sell her homemade creations at the farmers market.

  • Live Your Passion | Ice Cream Vendors - Wyatt and Michelle Self

    Wyatt Self loves ice cream. But not just any ice cream: Baxter’s ice cream. So much so that when he was offered the opportunity to purchase the company from Red and Janie Baxter, without hesitation, he said yes. Without any previous experience in the food service industry or working in a food truck and without talking it over with his wife first, Wyatt said yes to turning his love for ice cream into his family’s new side business.

  • Live Your Passion - H - Horseback Riding -Mallary Bickers

    Owning a horse or in the case of Mallary Bickers, now four horses, is a passion that requires time and commitment.

    Bickers said she spends about an hour a day and a minimum of four hours on Saturdays at her Uncle Troy’s [Bickers] were she boards her horses. “The Saturday time depends on how many of the horses I ride that day,” Bickers said. “If I work with all four I could be out there all day.”

    The love and passion for horses could be genetic as her mother Marla Couch Bickers is just as passionate as Bickers.

  • Live Your Passion - F Fishing |Troy and Brady Bickers

    For Troy and Brady Bickers, fishing is more than just a way to relax. It’s a way for father and son to enjoy each other’s company, to compete side by side and to create lifelong memories.

  • Live Your Passion - E Elvis Artist - Greg Damron

    He’s created close to 100 pieces of artwork and has met an estimated 180-190 Elvis Presley tribute artists. He has been to the Graceland mansion four times and wears two Elvis-related rings every day on his right hand.

    It’s safe to say that Greg Damron is a HUGE Elvis Presley fan.

    “I’m a big Elvis fan, but I don’t think I’m obsessed,” he said. “Now if you talk to someone else, you might get the obsessed. I’m a big, big fan, borderline obsessed.”

  • Live Your Passion - D - Dance | Autumn Adams

    Autie Adams is defying the odds and pursuing her dream of becoming a professional dancer despite the fact that she lives in small town Carrollton.

    While it may be a lofty goal, it is not completely out of reach, despite what she has been told in the past.

    Ever since she was in middle school, Autie has been asked what she wants to do in life. “When you tell them you want to be a professional dancer, they look at you like you have four heads because that’s not something you can do here,” she said.

  • Live Your Passion - C Camping ~ Linda Davis

    Whether you are five minutes or five hours away from home, camping is an opportunity for fellowship with friends in a laid-back atmosphere.

    That’s one of the main things that drew Linda Davis to the hobby. Plus, her 11 grandchildren “absolutely love it.”

    Linda said she and her husband, John, first developed an interest in camping because her parents, Jack and Sally Peace, camped.

  • Live Your Passion | B - Beekeeper - Dave Roberts

    When you come home from work, how do you de-stress? Turn on the TV? Pick up a book? Hit the gym?

    For Dave Roberts, the way he relaxes after a hard day’s work as a Kentucky State Police detective is to head out to the backyard and tend to his honeybees.